Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.


Stories by Molly Peterson

'A Wrinkle in Time' gets the graphic-novel treatment

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s novel, "A Wrinkle In Time." LA-based cartoonist Hope Larson adapted the book into a graphic novel.

Part III: Do most people care if food is genetically engineered?

Proposition 37 pits a mostly grassroots campaign of consumers against high-profile money from Monsanto and General Mills. But do most people care about if their food is genetically modified?

Part II: French study on Monsanto corn at center of Prop. 37 debate

Backers of Prop. 37 have pointed to a new weapon in their arsenal: a study published last month that claims to prove that genetically modified corn causes tumors in rats.

Part I: Fight over Prop 37 and genetically modified food heats up

Dozens of countries require labeling of foods that are genetically modified, or contain genetically modified ingredients. That’s not the case in the United States.

Fracking in Baldwin Hills & the enduring power of film

The film Gasland's lasting impact is the way it has galvanized anti-fracking efforts around the country, including here near the Inglewood Oil Field.

Will the Chester Williams building continue to house migrating swifts?

Will the Chester Williams building in downtown Los Angeles continue to be a destination for migrating Vaux's swifts?

LADWP takes state & federal air regulators to court

DWP is essentially suing everybody. Great Basin, the state Air Resources Board, State Lands Commission, BLM, and the US EPA. That's a tall order.

Fracking report reveals little harm, but Baldwin Hills concerned

Report shows little harm from Baldwin Hills fracking. Environmental and community groups are still reviewing it, but they've expressed skepticism about the findings.

Who loves Huntington Beach's desalination plant?

In the 12 years since a desalination plant was first proposed for Huntington Beach, a lot of things have changed. But public support for the idea remains strong.

Jeans maker's $1 million closes LA River study's funding gap

The study could lead to the removal of concrete from Glendale Narrows. That sound you hear is activists and kayakers swooning.

Water policy wonks, engineers to skip work this week

We've got lots of what I call day-long nerdfests this week in LA on subjects near and dear to my heart, environmental risk management and water policy. I'm not going to be able to get to a darn one of them, but being at them is usually fascinating, if you want to know what's coming next.

Pushing for greater energy efficiency in buildings

Reducing energy use in buildings could yield huge greenhouse gas reductions.

Arroyos Conservancy piles up money to protect Millard Canyon

A land conservancy in Altadena has amassed nearly all the money it needs to purchase land in Millard Canyon, stoking hopes of hikers and trail seekers.

Even e-waste recyclers think cathode-ray TVs are junk

More flat panel televisions in California homes mean more older tube televisions are stacking up in warehouses. That electronic waste has nowhere to go.

City council approves electricity rate hikes

The Los Angeles City Council has approved electricity rate hikes for Angelenos after the city’s utility spent a year and a half laying groundwork for the increase.